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General School Information

Code of Conduct

Students enrolling in Berklee Online assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College’s function as an educational institution. As a result, reasonable policies, procedures, and regulations have been developed to guarantee each student’s freedom to learn and to protect their rights.

Each student’s attitude and deportment must conform to standards inherently necessary to advance the educational process. Failure to observe these standards may result in a review of a student’s behavior for appropriate determination. Such behavior could be grounds for dismissal. Students who fail to comply with the regulations of Berklee Online may be dismissed from the online school at any time with no reimbursement of fees.

Harassment and Sexual Harassment

Berklee Online is committed to fostering an online learning environment free of harassment. Verbal or written conduct that is unwelcome, or that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual based on any of the factors listed below will not be tolerated. Harassment of any form is strictly against College policy and may result in disciplinary action.

Harassment is any verbal or physical action based upon race, color, creed, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or unwelcome contact. Sexual innuendoes, use of obscene language, and telling sexual jokes can also be construed as sexual harassment.

A fundamental belief of the College is that each member of the community has a right to a healthy and supportive environment for learning and working. Harassment of any form is considered a serious matter at Berklee. All members of the community are responsible for ensuring that the campus (both brick-and-mortar and online) is free from harassment. Complaints of harassment will be promptly and carefully investigated, and all members of the community are assured that they will be free from any and all reprisal from filing a complaint.

Honesty in Academic Work and in Scholarly and Professional Practice

Berklee Online values integrity within the classroom, across all areas of scholarly and professional practice, and in the use of information technology resources. Consequently, members of the Berklee Online community are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and practice throughout the many aspects of their life and study at the College. Students who have evidenced academic dishonesty may be made subject to disciplinary procedures including but not limited to: receiving a warning; dismissal from the course; suspension or permanent dismissal from the online school.

The following definitions are provided for the information of the Berklee Online community and constitute notice of unacceptable academic behavior or scholarly and professional practice. Academic work in this context means any and all music and nonmusic work related to any course or major at the College. While scholarly and professional work may occur in the context of a course, they also are found in activity that is independent of course work. Dishonesty in scholarly or professional work, whether in the form of fraud, plagiarism, or cheating, is unacceptable and subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures.

  • Fraud is using identifiers (such as name, password, ID) of other persons as one’s own or submitting false information about oneself. Some examples include such infractions as concealing or misrepresenting one’s identity, impersonating another individual, falsifying information on such documents as one’s resume or internship applications, misrepresenting oneself as acting on behalf of Berklee, or using the College’s name, logo, or symbol without prior written permission.
  • Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting work that has been done by another as one’s own efforts whether such misrepresentation has been accomplished with or without the permission of the other individual.
  • Cheating is the use of prohibited assistance (whether in the nature of a person or a resource) in the performance of assignments and examinations, and copying of another student’s work or the giving or receiving of information or answers, whether verbally or in writing. More extensive guidelines regarding honesty and the use of technological resources are found in the Technology Policy located here.

Use of Berklee College of Music or Berklee Online Name

Students may not under any circumstances, without the College’s prior written consent, use the name “Berklee College of Music” or “Berklee Online” in any form or use any symbol or logo or graphic used by or associated with Berklee College of Music alone or with the name “Berklee” or any name, symbol, logo, or graphic confusingly similar to Berklee’s name, symbols, logo, or graphics as part of an e-mail address, a “home page,” or a second or higher-level domain name for any online network a student utilizes, originates, or registers with Internet or similar authority. Unauthorized use of the name “Berklee Online,” “Berklee College of Music,” or any symbol, logo, or graphic used by or associated with the College or any confusingly similar thereto, is a violation of College policies and subject to sanctions.

Credit Card Fraud Policy

Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, your bank cannot hold you liable for more than $50.00 of fraudulent charges. In the event of unauthorized use of your credit card, you must notify your credit card provider in accordance with its reporting rules and procedures. Please note that when using your bank debit card as a credit card, you are protected under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. You must report any fraudulent charges within two business days to avoid being liable for more than $50.00. Please contact your bank or for more information.

Berklee Online takes credit card fraud very seriously. We cooperate completely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to apprehend groups or individuals committing credit card fraud.

Berklee Online will supply all information that we have about fraudulent orders to those officials who will then pursue investigation and prosecution of the criminal action taken by offending parties. Once the criminal case has been completed, a separate civil case is then submitted against the offending party to recover any and all damages (financial and otherwise) that is incurred by us.

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